United Association Veterans in Piping Program graduate and Army Sergeant First Class Travis Beaman recommended his friends to apply for the VIP Program because the work pays off.
After graduating from the UA VIP Program, Beaman expressed hope other soon-to-be veterans would apply for the program. He added that the hard work expected out of participants will pay off in the long run.
The UA VIP Program is an 18-week Career Skills program open to all active-duty transitioning military service members. VIP prepares active duty transitioning service members for a career in the pipe trades during the final months of their military service.
As a second-year apprentice with UA Local 421 in Charleston, N.C., Beaman is pleased with his career pathway and how the UA VIP Program prepared him for life after the military.
Since graduating from the program and transitioning out of the military, Beaman has done pipefitting work at a pharmaceutical company.
Upon successful completion of the VIP program, graduates are guaranteed job placement with a UA signatory contractor. Throughout the U.S., many UA signatory contractors are in need of experienced tradesmen and tradeswomen, and the VIP Program helps fill the gap, providing them with trained, motivated individuals, who will one day become highly skilled and highly trained journeymen.
Oftentimes, service members struggle to find employment once they transition out of the armed forces. Beaman urges active-duty transitioning military service members to take on the same challenge he did and apply for the VIP Program.
In addition to guaranteed job placement with a UA signatory contractor, graduates also gain direct entry into the five-year UA apprenticeship program. VIP graduates will build upon their existing skillset during their time as an apprentice. Through on-the-job training and classroom instruction, apprentices will learn to become masters of the trade, and when they complete the apprenticeship program, they will become journeymen.
UA apprentices earn livable wages from day one and earn scheduled pay raises throughout their apprenticeship. They also receive benefits such as full family health insurance, a 401k and a pension plan.
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Video and Photo Gallery
Take a look at everything the VIP program is doing for our returning veterans — through videos and photos.
Pipefitters Local 455, St. Paul, MN, Apprentice David Adams (VIP graduate, Wisconsin Welding Class 2) is pictured on the job working for Pioneer Piping, Incorporated (PPI) at the Flint Hills Refinery in MN.
Camp Pendleton VIP Graduate turned out as Journeyman and makes a life in Butte, MT, with Local 41.
Orry graduated on April 9, 2015 and affiliated with UA Local 455, St. Paul, MN.
Sgt. Jerry Heneha, A Battery, 1st Battalion, 31st Field Artillery, puts together a valve system in preparation for his final week of the United Association's Veterans in Piping program at the Industrial Training Complex Photo Credit: Ms. Marie Berberea (TRADOC)
Fort Sill's inaugural Sprinkler Fitter class began on 2 March 2015.
SFC Michael Olsen and 1SG William Davidson presented their instructors Louis Purcella and Micah Tyler with a momentum from the class.
SGT Howard Nash is headed to Harrisburg, PA, to affiliate with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 520.
Gail Pilecki was so proud of her son, SGT Jeremy Pilecki, on graduation day. SGT Pilecki will make his home in Houston, affiliating with Pipefitters Local 211.
1SG William Davidson gave the graduate testimonial. He will remain with his family in Waco, TX, affiliating with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 529 in Waco, TX.
SFC Michael Olsen and his wife, Amanda, will remain in the area, affiliating with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 529 in Waco, TX.
Alysa and SPC Chad Eberle will be heading to San Antonio, TX, with Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 142.
SGT Lawrence Beller, his wife, Brittney, and daughter, Nahla, will be making Houston, TX, their home, affiliating with Pipefitters Local 211.
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